It’s not nice to re-use what someone else creates—in fact, it’s illegal. That applies to writings, songs and their performance, artwork, a broad range. Without going into a lot of technical, legal stuff, the basic idea is that creativity is protected by copyright law, and bad guys have to pay.
Even if you cannot prove the bad guy’s profits or your own losses, when someone copies your work the damages are still from $750 to $30,000 plus possible attorney’s fees. If you can prove your losses, the damages may be much higher.
Some interesting recent cases from the world of popular music illustrate. A song called The Lion Sleeps Tonight was written by a fellow in
Given this recent trend, and the excitement it will be generating among bands, former band members, and their attorneys, it seems likely potential defendants will be starting to negotiate settlements instead of risking court trials and the expense of defending them.